When Ray Lewis entered M&T Bank Stadium Sunday, thousands of fans — many wearing No. 52 jerseys — raised their cell phones to record his electrifying dance. A dance that will be his last if he retires at the end of the season as he said he will.
Lewis burst through the foggy tunnel to the beat of “Hot in Herre” as a sellout crowd cheered him on. With the showmanship of a pro wrestler, Lewis only performs the dance at home games.
If the Ravens beat the Colts, they will play on the road in Denver next Saturday.
“Wherever it ends, it ends,” said Lewis. “But I didn’t come back for it to end in the first round.”
Lewis recovered from a torn right tricep muscle suffered October 14th.
“I play the game at a very, very high level and a very rough pace.”
Lewis, who has been with the team since its inception in 1996, gathered the team around him at the 5-yard line before the start of the game. During warm ups, he embraced several players and hugged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.